Well talk about putting my brain and heart in a pretzel! On one hand, I am very happy that Isaiah is getting another NBA shot, even if it's a 10 Day. Whatever the process is and whatever steps he has to take to prove he deserves an NBA spot is fine by me. First, he went to the G-League and dominated like anyone with a brain knew he would
I dunno, 42/8 on good splits seems good. More importantly, he played like 40 minutes and looked like he had his same burst/speed. That's the big thing with Isaiah moving forward. So it then shouldn't surprise you that after a performance like that we an NBA team call the very next day.
At the same time, why does it have to be the Lakers? It was hard enough to root for him the first time this happened. I would rather claw my eyes out than consider positively rooting for anything Lakers related. The fact that they've gone through Rondo, Avery, and Isaiah 2x has not been easy for my mental state. Is it possible to root for Isaiah to look great but the Lakers still lose? That's where I'm at right now. At the end of the day, I just want Isaiah to play well and show he belongs, if that has to be on the Lakers then I am willing to pay that price. I won't like it, but as the driver of the Isaiah Bandwagon I have no choice.
I just hope he actually gets a shot. You never know with these 10 day contracts. When this happened last year with the Pelicans, he played in just 3 games and a total of 48 minutes. Even if he doesn't have a future with the Lakers, my hope is he has the chance to put enough on tape for other teams to see as we inch closer and closer to the trade deadline. You'll never be able to convince me that if healthy (which he is), that there is not NBA talent there. He shot over 40% from three in his last real NBA opportunity in 2019-20 with the Wizards.
I said it the other day when we first learned that he was playing in that G-League Showcase. I don't know how anyone could not be rooting for Isaiah at this point. His story, the highs, the lows, the recovery, the grind, it's basically out of a movie. What better ending than getting back to the top of the mountain? Pretty cool story of why you should never give up in life.
Here's to hoping it all works out.